IFAD funds ICARDA project on Frike

October 15, 2011 at 7:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Spikes parched and roosted (left) and green Frike (right)

Frike, a significant food produced in the Middle East and North Africa  region has been recognized as a highly nutritious and lucrative staple food. Frike is made from roasted, immature durum wheat grain, and it is widely consumed in a variety of healthy culinary creations.

Despite its huge market potential, farmers and consumers of Frike are still not taking full advantage of its  many values. With this view in mind, ICARDA initiated an IFAD-funded project to probe the production and marketing operations of Frike, aiming to develop low-cost technologies that can increase production from 300,000 tons per year, up to a million tons, generating more income to resource-poor farmers. The project aims to open new markets, both nationally and internationally, for this food product that is nutritious, healthy and profitable.

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